Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > General Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old May 22, 2010, 12:14 AM   #11
Senior Member
VTphotog's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Extreme Northeastern Vermont, USA
Posts: 4,165

You don't NEED to adjust exposure and WB in RAW - most of the raw developing programs use the camera settings as default. There is the ABILITY to make corrections prior to conversion to jpeg or tiff, or whatever. Making the adjustments in raw, means you are working with a 12-or 14-bit file, and have more leeway to do corrections than with 8-bit jpeg. Most of the raw developers also allow finer detail in the final result than the camera jpeg processor.

VTphotog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 22, 2010, 1:58 AM   #12
Super Moderator
Mark1616's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 7,396

This is a hugely debated subject and one that has many differing views. I shoot all my sports work in jpg, for both duration and editing issues. Using 10fps fills a buffer pretty quickly.

For weddings and portraits I still do 90% in jpg and some key shots in RAW+jpg for protection, however I've only ever needed to use 2 or 3 RAW shots as I can still colour correct a jpg file and these were just where I wanted to pull highlights back a bit more for a slightly blown wedding dress.

There have been some cameras where shooting jpg would give pretty poor quality, I think it was possibly the Pentax K10 but can't be sure so with that RAW was the only real way to go.
Any problems with a post or thread please use the report button at the bottom left of the post and the team will help sort it out.

Have fun everyone!

See what I'm up to visit my Plymouth Wedding Photography
site or go to my blog.
Mark1616 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 22, 2010, 3:32 AM   #13
Senior Member
Acapulco's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 58 North 11 Long
Posts: 541

Thanks everybody for your share of the conundrum

I've been searching like a mad man on the webs also, and its like you guys say that one would probably be better of using RAW when you know it will be a difficult shot to pull of, to help process it into what really was there
Nikon D300

Acapulco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 22, 2010, 5:41 AM   #14
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2010
Location: athens greece
Posts: 322

I guess, it is a great tool for professionals and veeeery veeeery sirius amateurs...
I believe, that an amateur would never be left without a good photograph, whenever he decides to take a picture. One way or the other, he would have a decent, if not perfect, result! (unless he runs out of battery!)

Last edited by kibaris; May 22, 2010 at 5:44 AM.
kibaris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 22, 2010, 5:50 PM   #15
Senior Member
RioRico's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In mountainous California or Arizona or Guatemala or somewhere.
Posts: 224

Maybe somebody already said this, but here goes: a RAW file is like an exposed frame of film. It hasn't been 'developed' yet. Every digital camera builds that RAW data, which is then quickly developed by a tiny on-board computer according to the camera settings, and rendered as a JPEG. (A rough JPEG is stored as a thumbnail within a RAW file.) The developed / rendered JPEG may be quite fine, or it may be just acceptable, or it may be unfixable crap.

Shooting RAW, you can make more subtle and better fixes without degrading image quality. I find that both manual and automatic lenses sometimes give odd metering, not-so-great exposures. If I shot only JPEG, those shots would be wasted, or at least I wouldn't want anyone to see them. Yes, RAW processing takes time; so I just work more slowly, more thoughtfully. If I know that each shot will occupy several minutes of my time in PP, I'm more careful about what I shoot.
Too many film+digi cams+lenses, oh my -- Pentax K20D, ZX-M, M42's, P&S's, more
The opposite of LIBERAL is not CONSERVATIVE, but ENSLAVED.
RioRico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 23, 2010, 8:53 AM   #16
Senior Member
BillDrew's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Hay River Township, WI
Posts: 2,512

Question about "when" has two answers.

1) Whenever you have time to learn a new program/technique. That will get you ready to use RAW if/when you feel the need and give you a fair idea of how much of an advantage it has for you.

2) When you are uncertain about exposure and/or white balance. When you know you won't have time to get the settings just right. Several folks have had some good comments on that.
BillDrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 23, 2010, 3:01 PM   #17
Senior Member
mtclimber's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 18,143

I like RioRico's well thought out reply a lot.

Sarah Joyce
mtclimber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 23, 2010, 5:23 PM   #18
Senior Member
aladyforty's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,964

I shoot RAW 99% of the time, I don't find it that much more time consuming than to shoot and edit jpegs. Reason I shoot RAW is choice of how the photo will look. The camera take the settings across to DPP when I upload. I keep the camera on neutral. Once in Dpp I can then choose the kind of picture style and lighting, such as landscape, portrait, faithful, auto white balance, shade etc. once you have shot a jeg, thats it. No ability to really change the settings. In a way shooting RAW is the lazy way as you don't have to think so much about this side of the photo until after you have shot the subject. There is also a plus side to RAW shooting and that is you can take a RAW image and edit it several different ways for a totally different look each time. Jpeg is fine if you know exactly what effect you want from a photo and set the camera up accordingly but shooting RAW gives you much more options.
aladyforty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 23, 2010, 5:33 PM   #19
Senior Member
shoturtle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348

It is a tool, some may need it some may not. So having the option is good. I shoot mostly jpeg. As I really hate editing, I enjoy shooting. So I do not shoot raw often. But if I were to be put into a really really difficult shooting situation. I have shot off a Raw bracket just incase my jpegs were not going to get it right.

So there is really no right answer which is the better format, both formats has their merits.
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:29 PM.